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Question Iams vs Pro Plan vs Holistic Select for 6 month old

Hi everyone! I'm new here.
I owned my previous Dobe for 11 years and lost him to cancer in October. I have a 6 month old red boy now named Drake & I need some food advice.
Breeder had him on Iams Proactive Health Large Breed Adult from day one, so I kept him on it.
He looks beautiful, no gas, and shiny coat. However, we have been battling Campylobacter (spelling?) bacteria overgrowth for months. Been on two courses of antibiotics and as soon as he comes off, the loose stools return. I hate to blame the food because it's bacterial overgrowth in his own system..but I'm wondering if there are any owners on here who have faced similar issues with the loose stools and bacteria?
My previous Doberman ate Eagle Pack and did great, he also did well on Pro Plan Salmon ( before he got cancer and refused to eat )
I know Iams is not a popular food and not the "best".
I have tried a bunch of the rich super premium foods on my other Dobe and they all gave him loose stools. So hesitant to start messing with super premium foods on this little boy.
Thinking of trying either Pro Plan or Holistic Select. ( the Holistic Select is quite pricey and less easy to come by but it does have probiotics)
Any recommendations?
Please no raw--busy young mom of little children on a budget here and it doesn't fit my lifestyle.
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There's no "best food". You're just going to have to see what works for you and your puppy. I've always had good luck with grain free/rich type foods and have fed a lot of different brands to my dogs. I used to be 100% innova but that company went totally crap and sold out. Lately I've been rotating nutri source grain free lamb, bison, and salmon as mine don't do well with poultry based foods. For me it's nice because it's a "4 star" quality with good ingredients but not a budget buster either. There are so many to pick from these days though. Horizon/pulsar are good ones to look into as well but I have not personally tried. Go on the site dogfoodadvisor if you haven't been there yet.
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The website GK mentioned is a good place to start comparing foods. Dog Food Reviews and Ratings | Dog Food Advisor Really, the "best" food for your dog is one they do well on, like to eat, and won't break the bank to feed.

Once you've found a food that looks good, if you can't find it locally, have it delivered. I use Dog and Cat Food, Treats, and Supplies | Free Shipping at Chewy.com but there are several online outlets that deliver pet food, usually with no delivery charges for orders over a certain amount, including Amazon, Drs. Foster & Smith (not sure about shipping charges) Petflow, Pet Food Direct (I think they charge shipping regardless) and Wag.com.

I have three dogs, six cats, and a bird, and between Chewy and Drs. Foster & Smith, have just about all my pet food and supplies delivered right to my front porch.

PS: I currently have my GSD on the Pro Plan Salmon & Rice, and she's doing well. Still extremely itchy, but my vet and I are leaning towards environmental allergies.

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I feed and recommend Purina pro plan salmon and rice.

For years all my dogs have loved it and done well on it.
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Originally Posted by Darkevs View Post
I feed and recommend Purina pro plan salmon and rice.

For years all my dogs have loved it and done well on it.
I'm feeding the same, and I supplement with Dinovite liquid and the powder. His coat looks amazing!
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